“Hundreds of my constituents have had their lives messed around by the tax credit system; the Government should recognise that the current system is fundamentally flawed and should start again”
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Sir George Young (North-West Hampshire) (Con): There is widespread support among Members on both sides of the House for policies that help low-income families in work. However, it is clear not only from today’s statement but from the endless debates that we have had in this Chamber and in Westminster Hall over the past nine years that the present system is not fit for purpose. Will the Paymaster General now answer the question that has been put to her twice: has not the time come to devise a better interface between the low-paid citizen and the state?
Dawn Primarolo: The evidence clearly demonstrates that tax credits are working, particularly in getting resources to those who are lower paid or unemployed and want to return to work, including women who need to pay for child care arrangements. None of that was available under the previous Government. The right hon. Gentleman is right in his assessment that the Government should be redoubling their efforts to eradicate child poverty and to ensure that tax credits play their proper role. When he has an opportunity to read the Comptroller and Auditor General’s report, he will see that it clearly sets out how Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs is going about that.